HUDSON'S HOPE -- Hudson’s Hope RCMP are warning the public to be vigilant of online scams, after an increase in fraud reports across the district.

One of the victims lost $135,000 after thinking money was being invested in cryptocurrency through a company called Graystone Venture Capital, a company that ended up being fraudulent.  

The RCMP say that case is still open, and they continue to investigate.

They are also warning residents to be vigilant of online frauds including subscription traps, identity theft, medical and romance scams. 

Phishing and ‘smishing’ scams are also seeing an increase, according to Cpl. Erich Schmidt of Hudson’s Hope in a bulletin released February 10th.

 “Be on the lookout, messages are easily fabricated," said Schmidt.

Schmidt is also warning about tax scams, saying that the CRA will never use aggressive and threatening language or threaten police action.

The Hudson’s Hope RCMP is also providing a resource for residents to better understand fraud with a book titled “The Little Black Book of Scams” that is available for pick-up at the detachment. 

Anyone with information on investigations into cyber crime are asked to contact the Hudson’s Hope RCMP at 250-783-5241 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

"If it’s too good to be true, it probably is," says Schmidt.